March 28, 2015

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Wrestling Sectional Preview: Sport finds way into heart of Amherst’s Mike Wearsch, who’s aiming for 2nd straight trip to state

Amherst senior wrestler Mike Wearsch Feb. 12. Steve Manheim

Sometimes it’s not love at first sight. Sometimes it takes a little work to create the passion. “I did biddy (wrestling) when I was in the third grade for a couple weeks and I quit,” Amherst senior Mike Wearsch said. “I didn’t like it, it was too hard. I was kind of a chubby kid Read More…

H.S. Football: Amherst hires Avon assistant Bill Fishleigh with hopes of turning around program

Bill Fishleigh

Amherst wants to get back to its winning ways on the football field. A good way to start is to hire a coach who is used to winning. The Comets announced Bill Fishleigh, one of Avon’s top assistants, as their football coach Thursday. The Eagles have a 47-4 record in the last four years, including Read More…

Amherst man indicted for August house fire

Amherst and Vermilion firefighters put out a house fire on Lincoln Street in Amherst on Aug. 16. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

ELYRIA — An Amherst man has been indicted for an Aug. 16 house fire that investigators determined was caused by cooking marijuana. Drew Ashton, 21, is charged with aggravated arson, arson and illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for manufacture of drugs. Assistant Lorain County Prosecutor Dave Muhek said Ashton and others were using butane, Read More…

National signing day: Three Avon Lake athletes, one from Amherst, headed to Division I schools

AL Signing

AVON LAKE — Brad Hamilton obviously has baseball in his blood. Hamilton is not only the son of Tom Hamilton, the radio voice of the Cleveland Indians, he’s also the brother of Nick Hamilton, a farmhand with the Indians who also was a standout player at Avon Lake and Kent State. Wednesday, Brad followed in Read More…

Clearview, Amherst rally around coach battling leukemia


Clearview offensive line coach Todd “Bubba” Engle had just returned from driving two of his senior linemen — Drew Hatcher and Billy Doughty — to Baldwin Wallace on a recruiting visit three weeks ago when he received a call that changed not only his life, but the lives of many others. Engle, the uncle of Read More…

Regional volleyball: Amherst coach has Comets back at regionals


AMHERST — Laurie Cogan can be relentless. She has high expectations for the Amherst program, and does not allow her players to settle for anything less. That’s a big reason why the Comets are playing in their seventh regional semifinal match in Cogan’s 23 years in charge. “On the court she can be your worst Read More…

Amherst Councilman’s proposed sex offender trick-or-treat ban tabled

Phil Van Treuren

AMHERST — A potential piece of legislation that would keep sex offenders from participating in Amherst’s trick-or-treat most likely will not go into effect in time for Thursday’s Halloween. In a committee meeting Monday, Amherst City Council members moved to table the discussion of the legislation until Amherst Law Director Tony Pecora is able to Read More…

Car crashes into home in Amherst

AMHERST – A man was injured when he drove his car into an Amherst house on Monday. Around 9:50 p.m. a man driving along North Ridge Road in Amherst hit the side of a house at 48160 North Ridge Road, lodging half of his car through the brick wall. Amherst Fire Chief Wayne Northeim said Read More…

Amherst students make classmate’s dream come true


AMHERST — It was there under the bright Friday night lights at Amherst football stadium where screaming teenagers were crammed into the stands. That was the time and the place — the moment — Amherst High School students could prove what they would be remembered for long after the last snap of the football that Read More…

Amherst enlists community to make promotional video

Community members showed their Amherst pride as part of promotional video Sunday.

AMHERST — Downtown Amherst was awash with gold and green Sunday as hundreds of town members came out to show their Amherst spirit.  The event was the result of weeks of planning and practice; a video to showcase and promote the businesses, schools and community of Amherst. However, it wasn’t an ordinary video. “We were Read More…